Georgia College hosts Herty Hall addition grand opening
Georgia College will host a grand opening Monday, Oct. 22, to celebrate the newly constructed wing of science building Herty Hall.
“It’s finally done,” said Dr. Ken McGill, chair of the chemistry, physics and astronomy department. “We welcome the campus and local community to tour the new addition, which provides more learning spaces and new resources.”
The grand opening begins at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Georgia College President Steve Dorman outside the Museum of Natural History on Montgomery Street.
At 7:30 p.m. Herty Hall will open for tours, including the museum, planetarium and recently completed observatory.
The event is free and open to the public.
During May of this year, a new 24-inch research telescope erected in Herty’s 15-foot-high, corrugated aluminum dome. The snare drum-shaped observatory telescope completed the science building’s 3.4 million, 20,000-square-foot expansion.
The Herty Hall expansion project broke ground November 2009. Students, faculty and staff moved into their additional instructional space during summer 2011.
The project added new science classrooms, laboratories and offices for biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and environmental science departments.
The expansion also included a 21-foot-by-55-foot rooftop greenhouse located on the west side of Herty Hall.
The telescope neighbors the rooftop greenhouse on the fourth floor of the science building.
“The expansion was a long process, but we needed the additional space,” McGill said, “especially with an increased interest from students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related fields. We’re definitely using the space too.”